A Coast Guard aid to navigation team traveled by helicopter to Mount Desert Rock and other offshore islands this week to perform maintenance on working lighthouses. FILE PHOTO

Helicopter assists lighthouse care

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island residents noticed a Coast Guard helicopter in the area Thursday and Friday. It was a HH-60J Jayhawk based at Air Station Cape Cod, officials said, here to carry the Southwest Harbor Aids to Navigation Team to offshore lighthouses to perform maintenance.

“The helicopter is up here for two days helping to take parts and personnel to lighthouses in the area,” said Lt. Scott McCann, public affairs officer for Sector Northern New England. “It comes twice a year to transport crews and equipment to the lighthouses.” Even though the lighthouses are automated, regular maintenance is needed to keep the lights cleaned up and in accordance with posted characteristics, he said.

Stops included Matinicus, Petit Manan, Mount Desert Rock, Libby, Two Buch and Swans Island.

“We made good use of the helicopter while it was here,” McCann said, conducting training with the Eastport station crew. “The helicopter’s crew also did its own training off Cadillac Mountain.”

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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